Bremerton police investigating mysterious ‘federal agent’

The badge worn by proper officers.
The badge worn by proper officers.

A few weeks back, I got a call from Bremerton resident Chris McEwen about a pretty bizarre set of circumstances. McEwen told me that while running his dog in the Grocery Outlet parking lot off Sylvan Way, he was approached by a stranger who told him he was a “federal agent making a citizen’s arrest.”

McEwen says he has a seemingly inexhaustible dog that he works out by driving, with the dog following closely behind. The mysterious man approached his car about what McEwen was doing.

It just didn’t smell right to McEwen. He asked for the man’s badge number and agency that he worked for. “That’s classified,” the man replied. When he got suspicious, he phoned 911, and the apparent “special agent” took off in a mid-90s Pontiac Grand-Am.

That was June 30. On July 4, another report came to Bremerton police’s attention: same facts, only in the area of Elm Street and Hefner Avenue on the east side.

Bremerton police officer Robbie Davis tells me that the incidents are still being investigated. I’ll keep you posted.

McEwen points out just how scary it is to have someone claiming to own a badge when, in fact, he does not. It undermines the entire system of law and could be used quite nefariously.

“We’re trained to obey civil authorities,” he told me. “When we’re told to pull over, we pull over.”

Bremerton Police Capt. Tom Wolfe reminds residents that if you’re having doubts about who’s pulling you over, don’t hesitate to call 911 and confirm that you’re being stopped by a proper officer.

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